Larry L. Norman, 1920 ~ 2012
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Larry L. Norman died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 at the age of 92. Larry loved gardening, traveling with his family; attending Norman Reunions, bird feeders in his backyard; humor; and had a curiosity about where that road leads to. He explored many backcountry roads in and around the Moab area in his favorite “green” jeep.

His most wonderful attribute was his sense of humor and ability to look for the lighter side of life. He loved visiting with relatives, friends and total strangers one on one. A friendly Texan, he truly never met a stranger.

He’s in our hearts always and we miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife (Mary Norman), daughter (Connie Hayden), son-in-law (Guy Hayden), sister (Vera Norman, Moab, Utah), sister-in-law (Diane Norman, Moab, Utah), and sister-in-law (Jeannette Krone, Dallas, Texas). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by twin brothers (Waldo and Quincy); Robert Norman, Sr. and his parents, Toolie and Larry Norman Sr.

He was born Aug. 6, 1920 in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Toolie and Larry Norman, Sr. His parents were deaf, so he learned to sign from infancy. He grew up in Garner, Texas, where he attended a one-room school house, graduating in 1937. In 1938, he graduated from Sunset High School, Dallas, Texas. He attended Weatherford College and Texas A&M to study civil engineering. He attempted to join the Marines and Army during World War II, but was turned down due to flat feet and color blindness. He was later drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1943. Larry served from 1943-1946 in the southwest Pacific during World War II, (New Guinea, New Britain, Dutch East Indies, Philippines and Okinawa). He was assigned to the 1st Radio Squadron as a Morse Code Radio Operator on a C-47. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in 1946 and discharged from U.S. Marine Corp Reserves 1949. Larry worked as a prison guard for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Seagoville, Texas, from 1947 to 1956.

In 1949, he married Mary Krone, his partner and wife of 62 years. In 1956, they moved from Dallas, Texas, to Moab, Utah, during Moab’s uranium boom days. He worked many years as a draftsman/cartographer and land manager for Deli Taylor Oil and Buttes Gas and Oil in Moab, Utah.

Larry was a charter member of the Moab Rotary, Elks, and Chamber of Commerce of Moab. He drew one of the first tourist maps to promote “tourism” in Moab. He became a 32nd degree mason at the Masonic lodge in Moab. He was an original board member for the Dan O’Laurie Museum in Moab after his retirement.

In total, Larry and Mary spent almost 40 years in Moab, Utah. In 1998, they moved to Layton, Utah to be close to their daughter (Connie Hayden).

The family wishes to thank Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living, Inspiration Hospice and Davis Family Physicians for the wonderful care they gave Larry.

Memorial services were held in his honor Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Larry L. Norman to either the Moab Community Church (Moab, Utah) moabcommunitychurch.com/, or Clearfield Community Church (Clearfield, Utah), clearfieldcommunitychurch.org/.

Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.

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